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Verizon Lights Up a Ton of New 4G LTE Markets, Expands in Plenty More

Verizon continues to impress with the non-stop roll out of their 4G LTE network. Just last month, they deployed 4G LTE to 33 new markets and expanded in 32 others. This month, they’re keeping that momentum going and look to blanket America with more than 400 LTE markets by the end of this calendar year. 

This may be the biggest list we’ve seen yet, but it also includes a lot of cities that have already had 4G LTE. They are included because a lot of their surrounding areas are now seeing the coverage as well thanks to the deployment of additional cell sites. Have fun finding your hometown.

Expanding Markets:

  • Areas of Des Moines, IA
  • Charleston, West Virginia
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Las Cruses, NM
  • Pahrump, NV
  • Boulder City, NV
  • Glendale, NV
  • Laughlin, NV
  • Chattanooga, Tenn
  • Greenville, SC
  • Carbondale, Illinois
  • Cordele, GA
  • Fort Valley, GA
  • Hawkinsville, GA
  • Dublin, GA
  • Macon, GA
  • Garden City, KS
  • Reading, PA
  • Bitterroot Valley, Montana
  • Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Hoxie, KS
  • Redding, CT

New Markets:

  • Greater Mankato Area, MN
  • Charolottesville, VA
  • Boonville and Rocheport, Missouri
  • Bismarck-Mandan, N.D
  • Kennebunk, Maine
  • Thomasville, GA
  • Minot, N.D
  • Grand Forks, N.D
  • St. George, Utah
  • Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Houghton  (Upper Peninsula), Michigan
  • White Sands, NM
  • Silver City, NM
  • Deming, NM
  • Lordsburg, NM
  • Salina, KS
  • Redding, CA
  • Anderson, CA
  • Palo Cedro, CA
  • Red Bluff, CA
  • Vina, CA
  • Corning, CA
  • Santa Barbara Area, CA
  • Gahanna, OH
  • Joplin and Carthage, Missouri
  • Longview and Kelso, Washington
  • Russell And Rush Center, Kansas
  • Waycross, Georgia
  • Valdosta, Georgia
  • Topeka, Kansas

Most of the above listed cities have either already gone live or can expect to see their 4G LTE logos light up some time this month. Enjoy the speed, folks.

  • Jack Holt

    Billings MT finally has it!

  • KnoxKnox

    How about expanding more in southeast Michigan. Who cares about the U.P.!!!!

  • S.Ober

    Finally MN is in there getting closer.

    • Travis Gary

      it shows up in detroit lakes now too.. still 30 miles away :-(

  • http://twitter.com/seebrock Chris Brockmire

    I’d like to know how the hell vzw pick who gets 4g next. How they do it now makes no sense.

    • NDSiouxFan

      It is called the free market, aka capitalism. it is VZW’s system, and they get to call the shots. Duh!

  • Yakuzahi

    What with suffolk county???????

  • Tom

    I swear everytime Verizon lights up new 4G LTE areas my Thunderbolt gets nutty and drops the data on/off/on/off… I can’t wait until I can upgrade this phone, which may have to be full price to keep unlimited data. On a trip from Chicago to St. Louis, my Thunderbolt dropped 4G most of the way, while my brothers RAZR Maxx had 4G around the cities. I want a Motorola radio!

  • http://twitter.com/DustinG18045 Dustin Gerlach

    I wonder if VZW will show some love for Kutztown PA. It’s smack in the middle of Reading and Allentown.

  • Gary Glass

    Kinnelon, Butler, and Wayne in New Jersey has 4G LTE now

  • sc4fpse

    Houghton, MI is not a new market. It’s been there for a month or two already. It’s just an expansion this time around, and I’m pretty sure the expanded coverage is already active and visible on the coverage map.

  • Raven

    I just got a text from Verizon:
    VZW Free Msg: 4G LTE coming Aug 16! Be among the first 100 customers to
    visit our Wireless Communications Store at 302 S 3rd St in Bismarck on
    Aug 16 and receive a special candy bar with a “Golden Ticket” for a
    chance to win one of four 4G LTE Droid RAZR MAXX Smartphones by
    Motorola. Doors open at 9 am. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal
    U.S. residents 18 years of age or older. See store for official rules.
    Void where prohibited.

    Anyone else seeing promos like this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Robson/1317522018 Chris Robson

    Thomasville, GA and Valdosta GA have been live for a couple of weeks now started off kinda spotty, but seems to get better every day.

  • yarrellray

    I feel SORRY for all those new markets. What they will be getting from Verizon is inconsistent handsets that run on Verizon’s cdma Lte network. They have VERY POOR Dbm and asu as well as pitiful signal/reception on most of it’s LTE handsets. Verizon and it’s Lte network has very poor battery life on all it’s handsets except the Galaxy S3 and that’s because of the qualcom S4 chip not Verizon. Sorry Verizon blow hearts your network is overrated and overpriced at best nothing to write home about that’s for sure.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Sethial Christopher Ruiz

      They are still the best of the carriers, unless you know a better one.

    • DroidRazrFTW1996

      That’s a lie honestly I ran two days on 4g on my RAZR maxx

  • Josh

    VZW likes to throw out its numbers and say they have the most cities with 4G LTE but unless you live within a 1/2 mile of one of those sparely spaced LTE antennas you get little to no signal quality! Its great they are expanding, but I think AT&T is doing it right. You take a few cities and make sure they are covered with lots of towers and not just a handful like VZW does.

  • Chris

    Wooster Ohio has 4G now

  • EatUrCrap

    Yes! Finally Redding, CA!

  • Schoat333

    So Topeka just got LTE? No wonder Google has been neglecting the LTE Nexus, they can’t even use LTE in their headquarters.

    /Sarcasm

  • bigdav1178

    Glad to see that Reading, PA finally got LTE (though apparently 8 miles from center city is too far away to usually get a signal). But how is it in any way an “expanding market”? – up until there was no LTE service in the Reading area… perhaps it was considered an expansion of either Harrisburg or Lancaster.

    • http://twitter.com/TLawlor83 Tim Lawlor

      Yeah its a new market in Reading, you think as the 5th largest city in PA we would have gotten it before this.

      • bigdav1178

        “you think as the 5th largest city in PA we would have gotten it before this” – Yep, I’ve been thinking that for quite some time now. I was hoping for a little larger of a service area once Reading finally went live, but at least I get a signal occasionally now.

  • 1324356565

    Tri cities Washington with a 200k+ population has got nothing.

  • harve143

    I was just about to go to bed last night, and saw the 4G bar up on my Nexus. I was so excited I couldn’t sleep..

    • blackmagick20

      Really?! Getting LTE is something that is so exciting, you couldn’t sleep?! What is this world coming to??

      • harve143

        I work indirect sales and got sick of people asking when it was coming here.

  • cobjones

    Yahh.. Topeka!

    Actually in ozawkie, ks… yah look that one up.

  • DanSan

    still no 4G on majority of long island, new york.. wtf verizon

  • Spider210

    Plattsburgh NY, Still no 4G LTE… figures…

    • summit1986

      I know… even most of Vermont has 4G now.

    • VT1861

      Go over to Burlington ;)

  • Donnie M.

    where is all the lower Michigan love, Ann Arbor area.

    • ostensibly

      I’m on the eastside and I have 4G… I think it’s coming from Canton though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Ly/100000167137448 Jonathan Ly

    Great, expanding in the least populated portions of California (with the exception of Santa Barbara) but an entire COUNTY of the Central Valley, specifically Merced County, continues to miss out on 4G, despite the fact that every other major county near by (Kern, Freno, San Joaquin) have had 4G since last year.

    Glad I’m jumping ship at the end of the month

    • socalrailroader

      We still don’t have LTE up here in Northwestern California, that includes Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.

      • socalrailroader

        I’m in Redwood Valley myself, it’s halfway between Ukiah and Willits in Mendocino County.

  • http://twitter.com/TheNintendo64 Drew

    Still nothing in my city…

  • Jack Holt

    Still waiting on Billings, MT….

    • 2001400ex

      I lived there for like 12 years. Crazy for the bitteroot valley gets it first.

  • NemaCystX

    Gettysburg, PA has had 4G off and on but its still not stable

    For the Chambersburg, PA market the coverage cuts off around Fayetteville, Scotland and Greenvillage. Enough to merge into the Shippensburg/Carlisle market that direction, but until Gettysburg is live, the coverage is spotty in that region until you get to Hanover

  • http://twitter.com/jheyneman James Heyneman

    Awesome, Montana getting a little more love from Verizon.

  • Erickbernal27

    I’m still waiting on my area… If I walk up the street i’ll get 4G but down my street I don’t get it.. So frustrating.

  • Ryan Dombroski

    4G went up yesterday in Palmdale,Lancaster and Littlerock but its not on the list…strange, but glad its finally here

  • Shawn

    4g lit up in palmdale, Can I was here about two weeks ago and there was no 4g so pretty sure this is new.

  • http://twitter.com/DCBenson7 David Benson

    Yet I get 1 bar of 3G/4G at my house in DC Metro Area

    • NemaCystX

      that could be accurate or inaccurate. the signal bars have been proven to be inaccurate on some devices. like on my Nexus, i get zero bars but i still get signal, its the dB in the signal strength that matters, not the bars, I get on average -92dB when i get one bar, and about -110 when i have zero bars.

      • http://twitter.com/DCBenson7 David Benson

        Well I can’t make a call without my call breaking up :D

        • NemaCystX

          True, my call breaks up too when I get zero bars but i can still make a voice call, it sounds like crap though LOL

      • michael arazan

        I get 3 bars and it says -107 dbm and 36 asu, i am 8 miles away from each of the two 4g towers, and half a mile from a normal vzw tower.

    • http://twitter.com/Jubmasterflex Jubby Salhi

      This is what perplexes me. Given the sheer size of VZW’s footprint in the D.C. area, it’s extremely disappointing going into a dense area such as Fairfax or Alexandria and barely managing a single bar of 4G…

    • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

      Try an App like Signal Booster from Sounds INC, it calibrates the radio module and finds the best channel, It lets me get full 4G in areas where my dad’s iPhone struggles to keep a single bar of 3G. Just beware of the ads, its full of them! It even changes the homepage on the default browser (it used to on the initial launch, not sure if it still does) but thats a small price for better signal!

      • NemaCystX

        hmm, good to know, I may even have to try that suggestion as well. Thanks for sharing with us readers.

        • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

          Love to help out whenever possible! Especially on this site more than Engadget because they have Apple trolls BAD! lol

      • snowblind64

        Sorry but you’ve been had. There is no way that app can do as it claims, it’s like the shake to charge app or other joke apps. The only things apps like that actually do is make money for the dev by spamming you with adds.

        • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

          I have used this app for months and I used to never get 4G in my house unless I was RIGHT next to the window or on the porch and with this app I can get 3 bars of 4G and its not a joke because I can run speedtest and get the full 4G speeds, or watch a Netflix movie in full hd with no buffering. I even used this on my Rezound before the ICS update when the data signal would keep dropping. Yes it has ads but this one is actually a real app.

        • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

          100% spam app. Adds like 4 icons to your home screen an and notification ads.
          Also when its running is a very fishy animation of “code”
          Will be removed when new rules go into play.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/fitman88 Fitman88

      Interesting, I almost always have 4G in the DMV. However I have noticed that sometimes when I’m in an area that I’m positive has 4G, my phone is using 3G.. not sure if that’s do to technical issues on Verizon’s side or crappy Sammy radios.

    • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

      Really I get 4 bars all the time in DC on my Gnex (Well except when in the metro)

  • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

    This is truly amazing what Verizon is doing with their launch of the 4G! If they would just bring the prices down a little more people could afford to use it, heck you could even reinstate everyone to Unlimited data…We would LOVE you FOREVER!! lol but seriously compare this to say AT&T that only has a handful of cites with true 4G and it’s been over a year now!

  • Anna

    4G lit up on outer most west side of Lancaster, CA yesterday near Lake Hughes/Neenach/Three Points. What a great surprise as this was not expected for this area yet. The speed increase is tremendous! Thanks Verizon!

    • J-Bone

      Here’s hopping you get it soon. The quicker you get it the quicker we hope to see it up in Ridgecrest!

    • http://twitter.com/FlyyyMario Mario Carson

      Yes, some parts of Palmdale and Lancaster are getting LTE! It’s amazing. Really surprised myself as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BenBGriffiths Ben Griffiths

      Seriously? Still Waiting for LTE in Santa Clarita. You would think population 200k with Magic Mountain here would be important enough to give us the LTE love. Killing me!

      • bmacbowler

        Keep waiting my friend… I heard its the city blocking verizon from turning on the 4g speeds in Santa clarita…
        I feel your pain though…

    • NoIos4Me

      At my house in the Quartz Hill / Lancaster area I am getting 5-10 mbps. On the 14 freeway from the Mall to Avenue N I saw speeds as high as 31mbps!! Still hoping they expand further in the area.

      • Dylan.vel

        It’s funny because it appears that palmdale has the better side of the 4G network :p I can’t complain though because I’m just happy we finally got 4G.

        @Anna, I live in Neenach and I don’t pick up 4G signals untill I hit 130th St. West on the 138, I’m still limping on 3g here on 255th st west.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    sooo… Any… um Sprint Expansion news?

    • Why?

      This is a Verizon site mostly. Why would they talk about Sprint?

      • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

        Sprint doesn’t really expand much lol why do you think their service sucks so bad lol

        • Liderc

          Love how they boast “the largest 4g network” and yet we know it’s a complete lie.

          • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

            I love AT&T’s whole commercial where they’re like we have twice the 4G cities than Verizon! I literally loled when I heard that the first time, and when some of my family is there and they’re like you have Verizon, isn’t 4G bad, I’m just like what……..why would you think that….its VERIZON!! And its funny when my Cousin’s iPhone 4s on AT&T’s “4G” can’t even stream a TV show in full HD without buffering and having audio out of sync from the video while my 4G LTE Rezound is streaming the same show from the same site in full 720p (which is gorgeous on the full HD display!) without even waiting to buffer.

          • Liderc

            Tmobile does the same thing, I’m like how are they even allowed to say such bullsh*t? There has to be some law against completely lying in your adverts.

          • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

            Because some stupid law was changed a few years back that makes HSPA+ a 4G technology when it was really a 3G or more of a 3.5G technology that should of never been implemented!

          • NemaCystX

            The organization that rates the speeds as what 3G or 4G is certified as is to blame here, because they gave in to the demands of the carriers to lower the qualifications of what “4G” should be. 4G as it is now, should be technically 3.5G, the TRUE 4G can do more than 100Mbps speeds and higher, thats coming with LTE Advanced

            But unfortunately the carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile decided to take the opportunity to be lazy and just rename there HSPA+ networks as 4G when they are technically not. Thats why I laugh each time my partners iPhone 4S shows the 4G symbol, and they know its not real either because they work for the FCC

          • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

            Its even better when an Apple troll is like, “I have 4G what now” and I’m just like oh boy are you missing out! lol But LTE is a start,I mean I used to get upwards of 50mb/s before the network became busy ( I got the Thunderbolt the day it came out and my city was one of the first to get 4G LTE). When the Advanced rolls out I might consider completely dropping my Road Runner connection that only gets about 1mb/s down on a GOOD day!

          • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

            1mb/s down? ugh that’s awful!

          • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

            Not sure if sarcasm? lol but still its bad when the bill for that 1mb/s down and Cable TV is close to $100 and Verizon Unlimited is only $30 and it gets an average of 10-15mb/s while tethered.

          • yarrellray

            Tmobile is still better than Verizon in major cities.

          • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

            depends on the city, network conditions, etc. but what I have found is that T-Mobile is specialized in certain areas such as around my house in Lakeland florida they have a huge network but if you go a little further out into the woods in say polk city (probably not familiar with the area but its basically all woods and not much of anything) there is NO signal whatsoever. While Verizon is all over every city just about, but some cities aren’t as good as other, Verizon’s 4G is starting to help in major cities because its on the 700mHz frequency which means its not interfered with as easily by walls and buildings but Verizon really wins when it comes to the country side or anywhere thats rural. They just seem to have service EVERYWHERE! I mean when I go hunting in GA we get full 4G bars in the tree stand and we’re an hour from the closest town which only has about 500 people.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        More /S than anything else there…

  • http://twitter.com/Brauercl Clinton Brauer

    Just curious, is noting when something is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and not the Lower Peninsula a common thing?

    • http://twitter.com/martyjones100 Martyjones100

      Nope. And the UP is a good place for snowmobiling, hunting. But always bring pistol & extra magazines. For the UP is home to many a marijuana farm, meth lab.

  • bealtaine

    FINALLY Charlottesville gets lit up.

    A lot of the surrounding areas have it too, like Ruckersville (maybe that’s why it took so long — they wanted to wait until all the surrounding areas were ready?)

    • http://twitter.com/jfbsays JFB

      Even Chesterfield had it. I didn’t realize you guys weren’t already included.

    • joe c

      they need to hook up lake anna already, we got no high speed options for anything

  • jb

    Awesome Billing, MT with its 100k+ population still doesn’t get it.

  • Nick Cav

    Verizon 4GLTE FTW!

  • mustbepbs

    Why not New Hampshire?! It’s been so long since they expanded anything in the state. So angry. It’s like..20 minutes from my house.

    • http://www.twitter.com/colinscatt Colin S.

      Must be pbs.

    • CrewF24

      Portsmouth got LTE in the last month… and it’s progressively gotten stronger since they turned it on.

      • mustbepbs

        I live in central NH, but the closest it is to me is like 20 minutes. I know it’ll come. Just took a vacation and had 4G wherever I was. I’m spoiled now.

    • Dfigs23

      Most of Nashua and Manchester are lit up. I’ve pulled down 34 mb/s at the Manchester Airport.

  • sr_erick

    There quite a few unannounced small cities in Minnesota that are also seeing 4G. I was surprised last month to get 4G in a city near my hometown with a population of about 8500.

    • NDSiouxFan

      I was near Fergus Falls MN last night, and had 4G there.

  • Booyah

    Pretty much the only reason I’m still with them.

  • Mike

    Richmond, KY (south of Lex) got 4g yesterday.

    • T4rd

      Ft. Knox, Radcliff and Elizabethtown (just outside of Louisville) got some LTE last week. I didn’t think it would happen since Bluegrass Cellular owns all the towers around here. I guess they’re getting their own LTE network and letting Verizon subscribers roam on it (or visa versa). Either way, I was surprised!

  • http://www.twitter.com/colinscatt Colin S.

    iPhone user now, so no 4G yet, but hopefully in Sept… I miss the speeds of my GN! I still get alerts for DroidLife’s new market posts tho! Love seeing 4G continue to expand!

    • duke69111

      I’m not sure your allowed to post on this site anymore. :) Just Kidding.

      • http://www.twitter.com/colinscatt Colin S.

        Wait a minute! Friendly rhetoric!? We’re supposed to only comment to each other with hateful words! lol

        • duke69111

          If it makes you feel any better, I thumbed down your post. :)

          • http://www.twitter.com/colinscatt Colin S.

            Hahaha much better…You aren’t the only one either lol. So much hate!

        • Jarred Sutherland

          You poo poo doodie head! ;)

          • http://www.twitter.com/colinscatt Colin S.

            Never thought I’d be upvoting such a blatantly insulting comment, but I can’t help myself lol

          • Jarred Sutherland

            I picked up the 4S at launch and got a lot of hate from here. Granted I did switch back and got the GN (and honestly can’t see myself going back), but it’s all good. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/TylerPongratz Tyler Pongratz

    I’m also now getting 4G in La Crosse, WI

  • Joel

    valdosta ga has been a go for about a week now! finally

    • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

      Awesome! Can’t wait for hunting season with 4G LTE! (Being serious here lol) I hope that 4G LTE extends into the more rural parts like around Quitman and Lake Park!

  • Jarred Sutherland

    Ohhhh expansion in Cincinnati .. perhaps that will cover closer to my home! It’s just right down the street, COME ON!!!